Just at the heart of the city, minutes away from the main contemporary and traditional restaurants, nightlife, coffee houses, museum, theatres and philarmonic hall; just on the waterfront where everyone takes a walk in the evenings in summer and during the good days in other seasons; and 20 minutes walk to the market place SUKHUM CITY HOSTEL is very well located.
It has 4 twin rooms with a sofa bed, fridge, air condition, kettle, and other necessities in the adjacent room and a tiny shower-toilet in each room. Free Wi-Fi has recently been added to the facilities.
Off season the prices are real cheap and during the season the host is also trying to keep the prices reasonable. Especially for 2 people I think it is a bargain! You can call him (Jabagh) at +7 940 935-85-05 to get a price and reserve a room. Or use the booking.com website for reservation. (But please be considerate in high season if you will not be able to make it- let him know so that his rooms are not empty as a result of no show.)
It is not much known that Abkhazia has its own tea. Actually during the Soviet times tea was an important kolhoz [communal farm] produce. In the village of Kutol, Ochamchyra region, there was a huge tea factory where before the dissolution of the Soviet Union worked almost 100 people. Today the factory is still running but only about 10 villagers are working there and it doesnt work in full capacity.
You may hear from the Abkhazians that the tea is not good here but actually it is processed in the traditional way without any additives. So it is one of the ecologically clean teas you can get. It is not a very strong tea but has a light taste. You can mix it with dried flowers, fruits or other tea to have a stronger taste if you wish. You dont have to visit the factory to buy tea, you can get their tea and other local producers teas in the market place, including tea bags [not only to brew in the pot but to have in a cup]. But if you are in Kutol you may wish to drop by to see a working Soviet tea factory and smell the tea in all its drying phases.
Oh we have loads of nice places opening in Abkhazia this year. But I am with a CS traveler now in a lovely beach in Novy Afon called Gauda Beach. It has a nice restaurant on the other side of the road, open all year around. And the beach is lovely with what they call bungalows and fancy comfy beach chairs and umbrellas.
Its a bit pricy with 200rubles for the sun bed, 700 for the bungalow, 100 for the umbrella. And the food can be called pricy as well though i never checked the menu the locals say it is expensive. But for the Norvegian guests who had local open house wine with their food, it was super cheap.
Today we were lucky to meet the owner who offered us a drink, a pint of sangria.
It was quite tasty. He said that he makes the wine himself which makes it very special. I totally suggest those who want to spend time at the beach allday resting, sunbathing, having good food and nice drinks to enjoy the beuatiful Novy Afon sea at the Gauda beach.
Many people ask the same question. Where can we stay? I really dont have many ideas. Not even friends who deal with tourism have many ideas. If i hear of something I love to share. There are now more options on booking.com
See for yourself. And I found this site, it is in russian but you can see photos, prices and have an idea: http://www.abkhazia.ru
I was talking with a dear friend who speaks English and found out shr has a mini-hotel in Pitsunda district of Gagra, very near the sea. Her name is Kamilla and she says she can be contacted on whatsapp. She has 6 en suit double rooms, eifi, tv , can stay 3 people because the beds are king size. For August 3000 rubles per room and for other summer months 2000 rubles per room. Her number is +79409637511
Well one of the places you should have a lunch in Sukhum is a restaurant that has worked since 1983. U Robika [At Robik’s] is still looking like a Soviet Stalovoya [restaurant]. It is famous for its cigborek, either with cheese or meat, freshly made according to your order.
In summer, they also serve okrushka [something like Greek tzaziki, Turkish jajik, an Armenian cold soup. Contains boiled eggs], and ayran [made directly from milk, buttermilk] as an alternative cold drink.
Cigborek costs 45 rubles and ayran 25 rubles.
The world famous traditional Abkhazian restaurant at the Sukhum seaside is Nartaa. Though I have to note that for traditional Abkhazian dinner it is usually not preferred by locals. It is usually the flat bread with cheese that this place is famous for, what the Abkhazians call achoaf and coming from Georgian in Russian known widely as loshadki hachapur. It is shaped like a boat.
Abkhazians also have what foreigners call Abkhazian pizza, a closed pizza like bread with cheese, so if you say in Abkhaz language you may be mistaken but if you show with your hand a boat shape they will get it. The next question will be what size you want. You have small [malinki; 0,5], middle [srednii; 1] and big [bolshoi; 1,5]. 1 is good if you are having only that or generally eat a lot, but if you will order some extras go for small.
The best thing about Nartaa is its central place and the sea view. However, don’t go there when you are desperate to eat something immediately, as the service is very very slow.
For a drink with hachapur, i would recommend to try atarhun [tarragon] or another local Abkhazian lemonade.
Tea is usually an option for winter but the waitresses can look like you are insulting them any season if you order one. We also made the mistake of asking for coffee for the waiting period and icecream as desert and they all arrived with the main food and we could only laugh at the situation. So dont try to be smart ordering everything at once.
If you have only one chance to have traditional food in Abkhazia you can still order some traditional food which will is detailed in another post.